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Palliative Care Nursing at a Glance

This easy-to-read book provides digestible, bitesize chunks of information related to palliative nursing. As its name suggests, each section is brief and basic, and covers the principles of palliative care and the main points for nurses

This easy-to-read book provides digestible, bitesize chunks of information related to palliative nursing. As its name suggests, each section is brief and basic, and covers the principles of palliative care and the main points for nurses.

The six sections provide a sensible, structured framework through which to navigate the subject: introduction; clinical applications; palliative care for all; professional roles in palliative care, including the clinical nurse specialist, advanced nurse practitioner and nurse consultant; ethical challenges in palliative care practice; and managing end of life care.

Some chapters offer flowcharts and figures, as well as useful, comprehensive information in diagrammatic form, for example on managing hypercalcaemia of malignancy and recognising and planning for the terminal stage of life. Other chapters are sparser, depending on the topic. For readers who want to delve deeper, each section offers references and signposts to further reading.

Finally, there is a website to complement the book that features an assortment of multiple choice and reflective questions. Users can receive helpful feedback about their answers, and this is an excellent way to check knowledge and understanding, as well as a way to encourage junior staff to increase their learning.

I recommend this book to students and nurses who have a basic understanding of palliative care and are interested in widening their knowledge base in this area.

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